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Parents must read: Children are being groomed on social media and popular iPhone and android apps

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Over the Christmas period, thousands of children under the age of 16 will have received the latest iPhones & Samsung phones.

The apps within these phones are a breeding ground for grooming and sex offenders are praying on vulnerable children.

The parent of a 10-year-old girl from Teesside has told police hour how she was shocked to see messages from a man asking for sex on popular KIK. they picked up the girls phone to see shocking messages such as ‘when can you come and meet me’ and ‘i’d like to see some pictures of you with nothing on’.

This week Police Hour as spoken to the parent of an 11-year-old girl who downloaded skype to her phone little did she know that a strange man would contact her requesting cyber sex and photos.

The girl named Emily (not her real name) downloaded the app to her phone so she could keep in touch with her friends hours later she was contacted by an unknown man requesting sex with her.

Emily alerted her mum. Her mum instantly took control of the phone and asked why the man was contacting her 11-year-old daughter.

He messaged Emily saying “I’m bored at home I’m single and looking. Have you ever had cybersex?”

Emily replied ‘No i haven’t’ the man responded ‘lol send a recent pic and let’s have some fun’,

Emily’s mum then took control of the phone responding ‘Hi this is the mum of the person you are chatting to, I’m not sure if you are aware but you are chatting to an 11-year-old”

prompting the man to respond with ‘Awsome like want to send a recent pic’.

Emily’s mum did not respond however 24 hours later he was back trying to contact the 11-year old girl saying ‘hey’ Emily’s mum responded “Can I ask why you keep messaging my daughter” he replied “Talk to me like some kind of slut cutie do you like girls with huge t*ts want to 2 c some sexy t*t pic”.

In another case, a father warned parents that his 8-year-old daughter was being groomed using her mobile phone via the app Musical.LY.

The music app allows children to lip sync to songs and videos and save them to their phone.

Messages were discovered on his 8-year-old Daughters phone from within the app after spotting notifications.

These messages read “You’re way too pretty to be single, I like your body too. It’s perfect, I wish I was your brother” another message stated “You got me feeling naughty lol” a third read “When I seen you under covers lol” and one final message read“Lol You can wake me up like that anytime lol”.

Police Hour has also heard that teenagers and young children are also receiving similar messages on Facebook and Twitter.

We would strongly advise that you check the profile settings of your children on these sites and ensure their profiles are set to private.

We would strongly suggest you monitor their usage and talk to them about what they are doing online and often check their phones to ensure they are not receiving untoward messages.

However, we would suggest you go about this carefully as they may just think you’re being nosey and stress the importance it’s not them you are checking on and that if they receive requests or messages from people they do not know to tell you and for them not to respond to the messages.

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Police Hour pledges support for #SuperHero18 campaign launched to raise awareness of CSE

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The fourth ‘Superhero’ social media campaign to raise awareness of CSE has been launched and the response has already been remarkable, with thousands of Twitter users pledging their support already.

Police Hour is supporting the campaign for the fourth year running because it simply raises awareness of the importance of protecting children online

So far support has come from American actress Liz Vassey who played Captain Liberty in ‘The Tick’ and also starred in CSI.

How do i join #SuperHero18?

You simply news to change your twitter profile image to that of your favourite superhero for seven days and tweet your support using the hashtag #SuperHero18

Who is behind #SuperHero18?

PC Rob Stevens from Northamptonshire Police launched the campaign in 2015 and it very quickly went global, with people from as far afield as Canada, USA and Australia pledging their support.

PC Stevens said: “I started the campaign because I wanted to raise awareness of a subject very close to my heart – there is no greater priority than protecting our children and preventing this awful crime.

“The response over the past three years has been extraordinary with people from all corners of the globe getting involved.

“I hope this year we’ll reach even more people. I urge social media users to get creative in choosing their superhero – which could be a cartoon character or somebody who inspires them – perhaps a parent or grandparent – and to circulate messages which raise awareness of CSE; how to spot it, how to prevent it and how to get help and support.”

Senior officers who have changed their profile pictures in support of #SuperHero18 include Chief Constable Simon Edens, whose avatar is now Anti Venom and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann who chose Jessica Jones as her avatar.

Assistant Chief Constable James Andronov is the Regional CSE lead. His avatar for seven days is Beast Boy. He said:

“This is a campaign which has gone from strength-to-strength over the last three years and now has phenomenal support.

“I urge anybody who hasn’t already to pledge their support and help play a part in putting a stop to the sexual exploitation of children and the signs to look out for which may indicate a child is at risk.

“It is only by raising awareness that we can prevent this abhorrent crime and protect our children.”

Help raise #CSE awareness with @PCStevens1368 using #SuperHero18

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Alfie Evens judge rejects plea to take tot to Italy but urges doctors to consider letting him go home

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Little Alfie Evens has been banned from

Leaving the UK to travel to Italy for life saving treatment.

A private Air Ambulance is still currently on Standby within the hospital grounds.

The family of Alfie made one final plea at an emergency high court hearing that wanted to take the seriously ill 23-month-old to Italy rejected after his life support was withdrawn

The family had today returned to the high court after Alfie immediately began supporting himself after life support was withdrawn, he had taken on water and food.

The judge has today ruled that Alfie Evans cannot fly to Italy for treatment in a devastating blow to the family.

Judge Mr Justice Hayden did rule that doctors should consider allowing the little boy to go home.

The ’emergency’ hearing came as the 23-month-old continues to cling to life more than 21 hours after his life support was reportedly switched off.

Barrister Paul Diamond, representing Alfie’s family, argued it cannot be in the tot’s best interests to be left to die at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

Alfie has taken on food and water and has been breathing on his own since 9.17pm yesterday.

Tom Evans, 21, confirmed the 23-month-old was taken off his ventilator at 9.17pm last night, and began breathing on his own offering hope for his family who had failed in their high court legal battle.

They have today been granted an emergency High Court legal bid which may allow his parents to fly Alfie to Italy based on the fact he is breathing on his own.

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Alfie Evans Military plane on Standby as Breathing independently for nearly 20 hours

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Alfie Evans is continuing to breath on his own after life support was withdrawn at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

A military aircraft has now been placed on standby to fly Alfie to Italy for treatment. His family are back in court today fighting for Alfie in what will be the last legal bid based on the fact he is breathing on his own.

Alfie has taken on food and water and has been breathing on his own since 9.17pm yesterday.

Tom Evans, 21, confirmed the 23-month-old was taken off his ventilator at 9.17pm last night, and began breathing on his own offering hope for his family who had failed in their high court legal battle.

They have today been granted an emergency High Court legal bid which may allow his parents to fly Alfie to Italy based on the fact he is breathing on his own.

Doctors are said to be gobsmacked that Alfie is breathing on his own unaided.

A High Court judge is this afternoon set to oversee a hearing at Manchester, with Alfie’s parents to push for their son to be taken to Italy for treatment and possible diagnosis.

Paul Diamond who is fighting the battle for the family will argue that it is not in Alfie’s best interests to be left at Alder Hey Hospital and that he should be flown overseas to Italy for treatment.

A private Air Ambulance plane is on standby and Italy have also offered a private jet to get Alfie to Hospital.

It is hoped that Alfie breathing on his own will offer the family new hope after they lost a High Court appeal on Monday that banned him from leaving the hospital for treatment for his degenerative neurological condition.

And that life support would be withdrawn immediately.

Doctors argued that Alfie is in a semi-vegetative state and has ben for more than a year.

They believe his treatment should be withdrawn and it would be in his best interest to stop mechanical ventilation

A spokesperson for the Christian Legal Centre, which has been assisting Kate James and Tom, said: “Alfie has survived much longer than the doctors predicted, lending support to the request from Alfie’s parents for Alfie to be seen by medical experts in Italy.”

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